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The LIRW is over 50 members strong!

As a group, we celebrate our successes and offer support through the ups and downs of the writing journey. We are proud of our members and their many accomplishments.

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about this talented group!

Stacey Agdern

Leslie Bagnell

Leslie Bard

Jolyse Barnett Jolyse Barnett on Facebook Follow Jolyse on Twitter

Lyla Bellatas  Follow Lyla Bellatas on Twitter

Dawn Berkoski  Follow Dawn Berkoski on Twitter

Patty Blount Patty Blount on Facebook Follow Patty on Twitter

Laurie Bumpus

Pamela Burford Pamela Burford on Facebook Pamela Burford on Twitter

Candy Caine

Lynne Cannon

Gail Chianese Gail Chianese on Twitter

Donna Coe-Velleman  Donna Coe-Velleman on Facebook

Diane Culver

Debora Dale

Bianca D'Arc

Debora Dennis Debora Dennis on Facebook Debora Dennis on Twitter

Debra Druzy

Judy Fischer

Harris Fischer

Karen Friedrich

Jennifer Fusco

Jennifer Gennari

Trudi Gilligan

Candace Gold

Christina Goldstein

Jennifer Gracen Jennifer Gracen on Facebook Follow Jennifer on Twitter

Josephine Grossflam

Lisa Guilfoil

Liz Jakes

Celia Jerome

Gwen Johnston-Petrarch

Stephanie Kepke Kaplan

Kiersten Hallie Krum Kiersten Krum on Facebook Follow Kiersten on Twitter

Michele Lang

Judith Leach

Marilyn Levinson

Christina Lorenzen

Lillian Marek

Pam McKenna  Pam McKenna on Facebook Pam McKenna on Twitter

Barbara Metzger

Jeannie Moon

Jane O'Sullivan

Debra Penney

Myra Platt

Yolanda Ramirez

Susan Ryan

Lisa Schulman

Charmaine Seifts

Bertrice Small

Karen Smith

Wendy Sotis

Jane Starwood

Amanda Sumner

Christine Thornhill

Heidi Ulrich

Maggie Van Well

Jenna Victoria

Dana Weinberg

Stephanie Wilson

Member News


BIANCA D'ARC RED, from Bianca's Redstone Clan series has been released. BORDER LAIR, from her Dragon Knights series has been re-released in print. And THE ICE DRAGON, will re-release in print on November 5th

JANE O'SULLIVAN w/a LILLIAN MAREK Jane has signed a four-book deal with Sourcebooks for her Victorian series about the adventurous Tremaines. Book one, LADY ELINOR'S WICKED ADVENTURE will be released in the winter of 2014-15.

JEANNIE MOON Jeannie Moon is thrilled that the second book in her Forever Love series, UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS, is releasing on November 19th from NAL/InterMix.

PATTY BLOUNT Patty Blount is excited to announce her second novel, TMI, is a finalist in the 2013 Book Junkies Choice Awards.

CANDACE GOLD Candace Gold's THE PROMISE, an erotic romance, is now available, again, at Smashwords and will soon be for sale at other outlets.

DEBORA DENNIS Debora Dennis is thrilled to announce the first novella in her Starlight Hills Holiday Series, MUFFINS & MISTELTOE, will be released on November 1st.

LISA JO BRENNAN w/a JOLYSE BARNETT Jolyse is excited to announce she has received an offer of contract from Entangled Publishing for her romantic suspense, ONE MORE SUNSET Details are being negotiated.

KIERSTEN HALLIE KRUM Author of Smart, Sharp and Sexy Romantic Suspense received confirmation of her PRO status with RWA Visit Kiersten at and



CANDY CAINE: Candy received a contract from Crimson Frost Books for her erotic novel, DANCING FOR DOLLARS which is scheduled for release in 2014.

PATTY BLOUNT: Sourcebooks Fire invited Patty to write a third internet issues novel. SOME BOYS, a YA about a girl who falls for the best friend of the boy nobody believes assaulted her, is on track for a Fall/2014 release.

LIRW MEMBER PANEL DISCUSSION "Giving Birth to Your Book without the Paper Cuts" : Register for one or all four parts of this workshop to hear fellow LIRW members discuss phases of story craft from conceptualization to publication. All four sessions to be held at Huntington Public Library, 631-427-5165, from 2-4pm Saturdays - 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 & 11/16.

SUNSHINE FUND LIRW's Sunshine Fund began in response to members' interest in acknowledging and supporting each other's significant life events. Donations are collected at LIRW monthly meetings on a voluntary basis. If you learn of member news you believe fits the criteria, please contact our Sunshine Fund Co-Chairs, Jolyse Barnett or Dawn Berkoski.



STEPHANIE KEPKE KAPLAN: Stephanie was named a finalist in the Golden Acorn Quick Look Hook contest from the Charter Oak chapter for her women's fiction novel, GODDESS OF SUBURBIA.

BIANCA D'ARC: Bianca signed a contract for the fifth and final book in her EPPIE Award winning Resonance Mates series. HARRY'S SACRIFICE is contracted with Samhain for ebook and print release in 2014.

AMANDA SUMNER: "I'm very proud of my tech-ignorant self because I put up a basic website for my pen name, Amanda MacInnes and set up my Facebook page. New FB "LIKES" would certainly be appreciated!"

PATTY BLOUNT: On Sunday, Sept. 8th, Patty will be promoting her YA, TMI, at the Sachem Library Local Author Fair, which starts at 1 PM

JANE STARWOOD: Jane Starwood's romantic thriller, SHATTERED BLUE, has been chosen by a local book club as their book of the month. Jane's new Facebook author page is up and running at

JOANNE GROSSFLAM: w/a Josie Cara: My book, IN A HEARTBEAT, is complete. I'm working on edits and getting it ready for self publishing on Amazon. Check out my facebook page, Josie Cara, Author, to see my cover and snippets about my book.

JENNIFER FUSCO: As a result of a request from the Long Island Luncheon, Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks requested a full, from the partial she told Jennifer Fusco to send. Fingers and toes are crossed!

TRUDI SEERY w/a Bernadette Walsh : The fourth book in my Devlin Legacy series (paranormal romance), THE DEVLIN WITCH, will be released by Lyrical Press on Sept.

BIANCA D'ARC: Bianca's Dragon Knights novella, titled MASTER AT ARMS, released in ebook on August 20th. The entire Dragon Knights series, currently seven books, will start re-releasing in print on September 4th, with the first book in the series, MAIDEN FLIGHT. After that, one book will come out each month until the release of the newest, KEEPER OF THE FLAME, in March 2014. All from Samhain Publishing.


 APRIL 2013

DEVIL'S DAUGHTER, the third book in Bernadette Walsh's paranormal romance series The Devlin Legacy, will be released by Lyrical Press on April 1. Bernadette is also continuing to have a blast hosting Nice Girls Reading Naughty Books, her radio show on blogtalkradio. Her most popular show has been her interview of LIRW?s own BIANCA D'ARC. Listen to it HERE .

Jenna Victoria has secured one of the coveted pitch spots to Harlequin Editor Shana Smith as part of their online "Happily Editor After" pitch day May 8th on e-Harlequin. Jenna is working diligently on her 100-word pitch for "EQUAL MEASURE OF LOVE", for HQN's Love Inspired Historical line.

Judy Fischer has decided to re-read one her favorite mystery writer?s books and story board it a la Cherry Adair. Her hope is to see how Louise Penny plots her wonderful novels, and to become more aware of the tiny contrasts and unexpected little zingers Penny uses to define her characters and maintain tension. ?Maybe,? Judy said, ?just maybe, I'll learn something for my writing.?

Pamela Burford's snowed-in romance ebook, called (what else?) SNOWED, is now free for a limited time. Download it at Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Apple ibooks, and Sony ebookstore.

Bianca D?Arc?s new book, TALES OF THE WERE: SLADE released on March 25th. It's part of her ongoing series of contemporary paranormal romances. This one is about a big cat shifter on the trail of a murderer with magical powers. It will release in ebook first and then in print during the first week of April.

Debora Dale is still tweaking her new website, but it has finally gone live (!) and can be found HERE. If you browse around there long enough, you just might find the ?easter egg? posts she?s hidden within the site?s pages.

LIRW Welcomes new members Stacey Agdern,Lisa Guilfoil, Amanda Sumner and Heidi Ulrich.

Jeannie Moon has her first advance review for THE TEMPORARY WIFE! NYT bestselling author, Jill Shalvis, called it ?a sweet, sexy escape.? Additionally, Jeannie was asked to moderate the panel titled, ?From Sweet to Steamy: Exploring Diversity in Romance Fiction? at the Librarians? Day Event at the RWA National Conference in Atlanta. Panel members include Sylvia Day, Eileen Dreyer, Rachel Gibson and Shirley Jump.


 MARCH 2013

Pamela Burford has launched a brand-new website. Come take a look and tell her what you think!

The seventh novel in Bianca D'Arc's Dragon Knights series, KEEPER OF THE FLAME, was released on 2/26. The fantasy romance follows the adventures of dragon shapeshifter Hugh as he travels to a far-off land where he discovers a beautiful noblewoman running from deadly assassins, and an abandoned baby gryphon he simply cannot leave alone to die in the snow.

Bianca D?Arc and Michele Lang will co-host a book launch party at Book Revue in Huntington on March 23rd. Bianca will be signing BROTHERHOOD OF BLOOD: WOLF HILLS, which comes out in print on March 5th.

Much to her surprise, Jeannie Moon discovered that she is an ?Exciting Debut Author.? How did she come by this info? Why in RT Book Reviews, of course! Jeannie found out her debut novel, THE TEMPORARY WIFE (Intermix, May 2013), was featured in the ?Books Before the Buzz? column in December.

Save the date! LIRW?s 16th ANNUAL "Shining the Light on Romance" LUNCHEON: Date is set! Friday, June 7, 2013. If you have any questions, email Lynne or Gwen at:



Arrow Publications will be offering Candy Caine's, THE RECONSTRUCTION OF CARLA MILLHOUSE, in POD in addition to most ebook sites.

Marilyn Levinson is thrilled to announce that Untreed Reads will be publishing her kids' book, GETTING BACK TO NORMAL.

A new date has been set for Cherry Adair?s workshop. It will now be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Melville, NY on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9am to 5pm with a bonus workshop on Sunday, March 3, 2013 for LIRW members. Please see event page FMI.


Published Author Blurbs

Jolyse Barnett
She may not be able to cook to save her life, but she loves whipping up a delicious romantic tale. Jolyse is the author of A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW, part of the Christmas in New York series by Tule Publishing (2014). In addition to writing, she enjoys a fulfilling day job and explores the world one getaway at a time with her two children and real-life hero.

Drop in and visit Jolyse's Website FMI.


Patty Blount
Patty Blount writes contemporary YA novels about real issues. Look for SEND (2012), TMI (2013), and SOME BOYS (2014) from Sourcebooks Fire. Patty also writes contemporary romance. Look for GOODNESS AND LIGHT, part of the Christmas in New York series from Tule Publishing Group. Patty lives on Long Island with her husband and two sons, who keep her well-supplied with chocolate.

Drop in and visit Patty's Website FMI.


Pamela Burford
Pamela Burford is a two-time RITA Award finalist and the author of fourteen romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have received outstanding reviews and been translated into more than a dozen languages. She?s the proud founder and past president of Long Island Romance Writers.

Visit Pamela Burford online!


Candy Caine
With some 200 short stories, 6 novels and 6 novellas published, hot and spicy, Candy Caine keeps her husband, Robert, on his toes in their Long Island, NY home. Supportive of her writing career, he's always willing to help her make certain the scenes in her stories are authentic. After all, technique is so important for good writing.

Visit Candy at Candy writes less edgy novels under the pen name of Candace Gold.


Diane Culver
Diane Culver lived the first twenty-one years of her life in the Hamptons. Now far from home, she looks forward to days when she can cozy up with a cup of Earl Grey tea and work on her next book of Hampton Thoroughbreds. She lives and dreams "Love, Hamptons' Style".

To learn more about her work,
visit Diane Culver online!


Bianca D'Arc
Bianca D'Arc has run a laboratory, climbed the corporate ladder, taught martial arts, and earned the right to put a whole bunch of letters after her name, but she's always enjoyed writing more. Bianca's multi-book series include: Dragon Knights; Paranormal Tales; Resonance Mates; and two upcoming novels, Half Past Dead and Once Bitten, Twice Dead, due in 2010.

To learn more about her work, visit online!


Debora Dennis
A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes both contempory and time travels with snark and spice! When not writing, she's spending time with her family or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

To learn more about her work, visit online!


Debra Druzy
Debra Druzy writes sweet and spicy contemporary romance. Her debut novel, SLEEPING WITH SANTA, was released December 2014 by The Wild Rose Press.

To learn more about her work, visit online!


Celia Jerome Celia Jerome
TROLLS IN THE HAMPTONS is Celia Jerome's first book of contemporary fantasy, to be followed by four more in the series. Celia lives at the end of Long Island and believes in magic.

Visit Celia Jerome online!


Michele Lang
Michele is the author of the Lady Lazarus historical fantasy trilogy, published by Tor Books. The most recent book in the series, REBEL ANGELS, released last March. Her next novel, the time travel romance MERLIN'S BANE, will release in 2014.

Visit Michele Lang online!


Marilyn Levinson
Marilyn is the author of beloved children's books No Boys Allowed!, And Don't Bring Jeremy, and Rufus and Magic Run Amok.

Visit Marilyn Levinson online!
Check out her Blog at


Lillian Marek
LADY ELINOR'S WICKED ADVENTURES, the first book in Lil's Adventurous Victorians series was published in 2014 with more to come. In theory, Lil lives on Long Island, but she seems to spend most of her time in the 19th century.

Visit Lillian Marek online!


Pam McKenna
Pam's erotic romance novels pair scorching sex with a Happily Ever After. Her ebooks, including a bargain-priced boxed set, are available on Kindle and other online vendors.

Visit Pam McKenna online!


Barbara Metzger
Barbara Metzger is the author of over forty books and a dozen novellas, mostly set in Regency-era England. She has won numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America® RITA®, and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine. The Bargain Bride (Signet Eclipse), is her latest book.

Visit Barbara Metzger online!


Jeannie Moon
Jeannie writes contemporary romance for NAL/Intemix. The Temporary Wife and Unexpectedly Yours from her Forever Love Stories series are available now. The Wedding Secret will be released May 2014. Married to her HS sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three dogs, and a mischievous cat who occasionally appears in her books.

Visit Jeannie Moon online!


Maggie Van Well Maggie Van Well
Maggie Van Well writes humorous contemporary and paranormal romance. Her first contemporary release, The Chase is On, is available through The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, B&N as well as other online retailers. She lives on Long Island with her husband, four kids and three Italian Greyhounds.

Visit Maggie Van Well online!
You can find her on Facebook, too.


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